Yes, the Midlands International Auto Show will have plenty of new vehicles to size up. But one vehicle may be particularly tough to pick apart.

That’s because it’s being shown in a rather unusual way — crushed and cubed, courtesy of Advantage Metals Recycling, a Midwest subsidiary of Nucor Steel.

“Baled automobile is the proper term,” said John Rakos, a vice president of the Kansas City area recycler.

Advantage Metals is an “environmentally friendly” recycler and follows strict steps in baling vehicles for recycling, Rakos said. For starters, all contaminants, including fluids, are removed.

Each baled vehicle weighs about 3,000 to 3,200 pounds. After baling, a vehicle goes through a shredder. “It looks like a bunch of steel mulch,” Rakos said. The shredded steel then goes to a steel mill to be melted for use in another product.

“This will be the first auto show for the company,” Rakos said, adding that such a display is more likely to be found at an industry trade show.

Typically, wheels and all are baled together. However, for the Midlands International Auto Show, all badges, branding, wheels and other distinguishing features were removed from the vehicle before baling to make it more challenging for showgoers to guess the make, model and year. Attendees with correct answers will be automatically entered into a drawing for prizes.

According to the recycler, 2 out of 3 pounds of steel made in the United States is manufactured using recycled metal.


Thursday, Jan. 28 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Adults (ages 13 and older), $9; kids, 7 to 12, $6; 6 and younger, free; seniors (65 and older), $6; people with military ID, $6; $1-off coupons available at all participating dealers

Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.

Private owners put their rare vehicles on display by invitation of the show organizers. Featured: 2004 Ferarri 360 Spyder, 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A, 1959 “VetteRod,” 2012 McClaren, and more.

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